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Posted in: Jones tells Japan to 'pray' ahead of England clash See in context

I'm sure he'd like to wallop Japan but given the intensity of the last few weeks my gut feeling is those English players will ready to hit the sake. Should take a leaf from NZ and play the B team (giving fringe players a chance / experience and all that).

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Posted in: Abe calls for public works spending plan to help economy See in context

Whats that definition of doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over again expecting a different result called?

It's called stupidity.

In a few years time they'll be calling for another tax rate increase to help pay interest on spiraling debt caused by years of wasted public works spending.

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Posted in: Gov't considering Y10 trillion stimulus to offset sales tax hike: sources See in context

Some of the funds would go toward measures previously announced, such as tax breaks for car purchases and shopping vouchers to help low-income households, the sources said.

But most of the funds will be wasted on public works spending supporting companies and individuals who are politically connected and support us, the LDP. Some of those companies and individuals will of course have to pay back the political establishment in time-honored traditions such as by entertaining us at lavish restaurants, offering us cushy jobs and contributing to our election fundraising so that we can stay in power.

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Posted in: Moody injury forces All Blacks coach Hansen to tweak strongest side See in context

Agreed. SBW is a bit of a wildcard. Think I would've played him against Japan and put Laumape on the bench. And not sure about leaving Naholo off the list. Got a feeling size will matter on the wing.

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Posted in: Dan Carter tips Japan to reach Rugby World Cup knockout stage See in context

Good luck to them. They did attack well last Sat but they will have to be much better on defense to have a chance at knocking over Scotland. He's right - not impossible. Just unlikely from what I saw. They fall off tackles and their scrum was not so great.

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Posted in: Germany attempts to make it to its first-ever Rugby World Cup See in context

Sorry to tell you this German fans but don't get too excited. If you get through you will probably face the All Black B team as Japan did last Saturday.

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Posted in: Click-on bionic arm could help amputees do simple things See in context

It took six weeks for the implanted nerves to grow into his muscles and he can now control six different functions of his robotic arm

Made me think if the six million dollar man. Hope it didn't cost that much.

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Posted in: Detainee dies after choking on food in Saitama police station cell See in context

46 is not so old. Agreed it's a bad way to go. Have to wonder if he was on something. That probably wouldn't have helped.

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Posted in: Many U.S. firms in China eyeing relocation as trade war bites See in context

Not seems like a good idea. It is a good idea to get the trade side of the relationship right before China gets too big and strong. Be better if all countries (EU etc) with unfair trade relationships with China stood up now. I believe if they did China would make a deal.

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Posted in: China says its army will act 'at any cost' to prevent Taiwan split See in context

The pretext for future provocation and a warning to the US. China is preparing the groundwork for when push comes to shove. If I were Taiwanese I would seriously be considering residency abroad. I would start by moving my financial assets out. Not safe in the long term.

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Posted in: Keio University student arrested for alleged sexual assault, claims he was drunk See in context

Say you were completely drunk. Then say you don't remember a thing, but half-heartedly announce that you are very sorry for the trouble you caused others. Pretend it's all just a regrettable misunderstanding. Then bow deeply a few times and hope it will all be soon forgotten. Pay a small fine and carry on as if nothing happened. That's probably what's going to happen if he's well connected. I guess he could have a career as a leader in politics or business but the scumbag should be doing some time for his crime.

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Posted in: Overlooked by All Blacks, Akira Ioane gets Maori call-up See in context

Agreed. At least he'll probably get a full game against the US than maybe 20 min or so against Japan (if he comes of the bench). Think that's what Hansen was suggesting. Not that much difference between Japan and US in terms of ranking. I reckon Nehe MS should play a full game against them too.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor wants U.S. to rethink Marine base relocation See in context

Agreed. Marines go to Guam. Problem is I'm sure the locals there wouldn't accept them. Same reasons.

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Posted in: Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal See in context

I don't care about the ethics / health or social issues etc. I just think it's a smart business move. Will result in more taxes for government (and less for criminal gangs) which at the end of the day should result in lower taxes / better public services and pensions. And more tourists will go to Canada. Will be interesting to see how it plays out. Good times ahead especially for their snack food producers.

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Posted in: Gov't considers 10-day holiday period around 2019 imperial succession See in context

"We will thoroughly prepare for (a series of rites) so that all the people can celebrate," 

10 days holiday? Will that be including those who will have to / are told to work. How about making it double pay or get another day off by law, and enforced. That would be something all those people can celebrate. Never happen of course. Holidays will just be optional for companies etc to follow as usual. Pure spin - ignore.

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Posted in: New Zealand fines travelers who won't unlock secure devices See in context

You Shall Not Pass - without providing us with your password. Seriously, I'm a bit puzzled by this. I can understand the need for a country like the US doing this kind of thing but NZ?!?

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Posted in: Denny Tamaki, critic of U.S. bases, elected Okinawa governor See in context

Congratulations. Good luck with getting the US bases out of Okinawa. Unlikely to happen anytime soon with the current Chinese policy of military expansion. Too bad they can't wind back the clock and reinstate their independence.

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Posted in: Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe See in context

Agreed. Hansen knows the Aussies will probably play well and throw the kitchen sink at the ABs so fingers crossed it should be close and entertaining. Just hope there aren't cards / bad ref spoiling the game. Too bad Hansen didn't pick Mo'unga IMO.

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Posted in: N Korea slams U.N. chief over call for nuclear disarming See in context

Agreed (OssanAmerica). Not completely surprising given their past record. I think it's gradually becoming clear verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is not (or probably never was) on the NK agenda. The regime needs the US boogeyman to survive. It's their cornerstone. I think NK agreed to negotiations with the US just to appease and more importantly get the Chinese to reduce sanctions which they have successfully done. No chance of sanctions working now (with the trade war) so now NK can carry on doing what NK do. The big question is ... How will Trump react when he finally realizes (if he ever does) he's been played?

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Posted in: India, China, USA and Brazil top drivers of growth within rugby’s 800 million-strong following See in context

Might sound like blasphemy but 7s is the future of rugby.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour reaches Taj Mahal See in context

Some lucky person probably gets to keep an eye on it while it goes around the wonders of the world. Sweet job.

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Posted in: Patrick Stewart to reprise 'Star Trek' role in new series See in context

Patrick Stewart  to reprise his role. Not too hard I would think. I mean Captain Pickard was a bald, old-looking thin dude first time round.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry forms new leadership, ending months-long vacuum See in context

the powerful Budget Bureau, which holds sway over government spending

Correct me if I'm wrong but in a democracy isn't the elected government supposed to be in change and held responsible? Window dressing.

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Posted in: Phone scammers arrested after one forgets ‘fraud manual,’ phones at convenience store See in context

Lock em up AND make them work for a long long time with all the money (at least 10X what they ripped off) to help those poor oldies. Scumbags.

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Posted in: Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about 'mother of all wars' See in context

Kinda reminds me of the mother of all battles rhetoric by Saddam Hussein. See how that turned out for him. And warn Trump about the dangers of war? Seriously bad move IMO. Is Iran getting desperate or something?

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Posted in: Is rugby going soft? Talking points from Super Rugby See in context

Agreed. Way waaaaaay too much whistle blowing. And would help if there was a bit more real agro. Has become a bit tiddlywinks cause of the TMO IMO.

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Posted in: Docomo develops world's first 360-degree 8K VR live video streaming and viewing system See in context

Not sure how good 30 fps would be. I guess it's a start. Even when 5G finally arrives surely there will be data caps. This would rip through serious GBs in no time at all so I'm not convinced it's going to happen anytime soon. But could be good for WC for sure.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate hits 25-year low; labor shortages remain a concern See in context

Oh. I forgot to add she's quitting tomorrow - partly because of the low pay / overtime. Another one to add to the 290,000 who left the workforce. Hold on...I'm onto something here. If they pay / treat people better there wouldn't be a shortage?

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate hits 25-year low; labor shortages remain a concern See in context

Yup. Lots of work available. Can't deny it. My missus is doing a bit of service zankyo as I type this. Hooray for Abenomics.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief seeks to reassure S Korea, Japan on N Korea See in context

"Mattis clearly realises there are some elements that he may not be able to control" in the relationship, he added

Some elements is an understatement. Trump will do or say whatever he feels like at any time, and probably without consulting anyone beforehand. SK and Japan should be very suspect about the so-called Ironclad commitment.

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